CITY OF LAREDO

                                              CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                            M2001-R-05

                                            CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                  LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                      FEBRUARY 20, 2001

                                                                  5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present Mayor Flores called the meeting to order. 

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                     Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                        Council Member, District I

            Louis H.  Bruni,                                                            Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                              Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                             Council Member, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                         Council Member, District V

            Joe A.  Guerra,                                                             Mayor Pro Tempore, District VI

            Jose A.  Valdez, Jr.,                                                     Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                               Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                   City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                             City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

None.

 

Invitations

 

            None.

 

 

 

Recognitions

 

a.  Recognition of A. Ralph Cantu Director of the Laredo Outpatient's Clinic for his

outstanding commitment in helping the Veterans of La Salle County, Jim Hogg County, Duval County, Zavala County, Zapata County, and Webb County.

 

Mayor Flores reported that she has received letters from several individuals who have expressed their appreciation for his dedication and assistance during their time of need.

 

b.  Recognition of United South High School Boys' and Girls' Basketball Teams for

     winning the 30-5A District Championships.

 

      This item was tabled for a future date when the players could be available.

 

c.  Recognition of Capt. Ivan Perez, of the Laredo Police Department who graduated from

the 203rd Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy (FBINA), in Quantico, Virginia, in December 2000.

 

Mayor Flores and the City Council recognized Capt. Ivan Perez for his dedication and achievements in law enforcement and presented him with a certificate for his outstanding accomplishments.

 

Communiqués

 

Cm. Galo submitted a letter to City Council from a concerned parent regarding credited hours accorded to individuals who carry out community service work.

 

Cm. Guerra read the following letter from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to City Council:

 

“As a follow up to our recent conversation, I have included information on the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s decision to enter into a competitive contract with the United Water Services for the operation of the District’s two treatment plants, conveyance system, and biosolids management.

 

Through the first 33 months of the contract, United Water has met or exceeded the operating standards set forth in the 10-year contract, which are more stringent than those set for MMSD by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

 

The United Water contract also allowed the District to give its customers an immediate, significant rate decrease, while at the same time offering stable rates for the foreseeable future.  The agreement is expected to save District ratepayers $140 million over the term of the contract.  As a result of the contract, the MMSD Commission was able to reduce its total user charges by 15.5 percent when it adopted the District’s 1999 Operation and Maintenance budget.

 

If you have any additional questions, please contact me.”

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Anne Spray Kinney

Executive Director

 

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. expressed his appreciation to the Community Development Department, in particular Code Enforcement Officer Roy Garcia, for his support in coordinating a clean up effort on Bristol Road and improving the aesthetic appearance of the area.

 

Mayor Flores stated that she received a commission as an honorary admiral in the Texas Navy from Governor Rick Perry.

 

Luis Diaz de Leon spoke before City Council on the proposed monument for the Medal of Honor recipients.   He mentioned that he has been in contact with several Council Members to work on raising funds through private contributions in order to complete this project swiftly.  He stated that his group has been told that funding for this project will be considered at some point in the future once department funds are reviewed during the budget workshops in August.  He wants to request that the Veterans Coalition be allowed to open a bank account designated as the Monument Account and be allowed to accept monetary contributions from the public at large. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that there are some issues that must be addressed.  The City Manager’s Office has offered to hold a meeting with the Veterans Advisory Committee tomorrow to discuss this at length with the group.

 

Horacio De Leon, Assistant to the City Manager, stated that he recently met with Mr. Diaz de Leon where he communicated to him that the City Manager’s Office needs to meet with the Veterans Advisory Committee to see how this proposal is coming forward.  The proposal initially was to build a Veterans Monument on city property with city funds.  The proposal under consideration now is to build a monument on city property with private donations.  He mentioned that the City Manager’s Office needs to meet with the Legal Department to decide who the treasurer would be, how these monies would be collected, who would have approval over the design of the monument, etc. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, suggested that perhaps the group could meet informally with Horacio De Leon to make some of these decisions at this time.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to revert the 28.5 acre-feet of municipal

water rights to the Sacred Heart Children's Home (Grantor) at the expiration of the water rights contract and authorizing the City Manager to execute all releases.

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to revert the 28.5 acre-feet of municipal water rights to the Sacred Heart Children's Home (Grantor) at the expiration of the water rights contract and authorizing the City Manager to execute all releases.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of

$12,395.00 from program income towards the purchase of equipment for the Immunization Action Plan Project budget of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $12,395.00 from

program income towards the purchase of equipment for the Immunization Action Plan Project budget of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  Public hearing amending the Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Administration,

Article I, In General, Section 2-3. Fees for City Services, Subsection (b) providing for postage, certified mail - return receipt requested at the current prevailing rate, and outside the U.S., or Priority, Express or International mail at the prevailing rate.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, In General, Section 2-3.  Fees for City Services, Subsection (b) providing for postage, certified mail - return receipt requested at the current prevailing rate, and outside the U.S., or Priority, Express or International mail at the prevailing rate; providing for severability; publication and effective date.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 21, Offenses

and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article V, Alarm Systems, specifically Section 21-78(g) by clarifying the definition of "Medical Alert Alarm Notification"; and Section 21-82, by adding a $75.00 service charge for false fire or medical alarms; and Section 21-89, by increasing the deadline to appeal; and Section 21-89, by increasing the deadline to appeal a denial or suspension of an alarm permit, from ten to thirty days; providing for severability, publication and effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 21, Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article V, Alarm Systems, specifically Section 21-78(g) by clarifying the definition of "Medical Alert Alarm Notification"; and Section 21-82, by adding a $75.00 service charge for false fire or medical alarms; and Section 21-89, by increasing the deadline to appeal; and Section 21-89, by increasing the deadline to appeal a denial or suspension of an alarm permit, from ten to thirty days; providing for severability, publication and effective date.

 

     Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

                 Second:  Cm.  Galo

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                 Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                 For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 31, Utilities,

Article III, Water, Division 3, Rates and Charges, specifically Section 31-138(b)(6)(a), Water Rates and availability by increasing the Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) check services charge from $15.00 to $25.00; and amending Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, in general Section 2-3, Fees for City Services, by adding subparagraph (e) to establish a $25.00 charge by all City Departments for all returned checks, drafts and money orders due to non-sufficient funds or Stop Payments, and also reversed Credit Card Charges, providing for publication, severability and effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 31, Utilities, Article III, Water, Division 3, Rates and Charges, specifically Section 31-138(b)(6)(a), Water Rates and availability by increasing the Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) check services charge from $15.00 to $25.00; and amending Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, in general Section 2-3, Fees for City Services, by adding subparagraph (e) to establish a $25.00 charge by all City Departments for all returned checks, drafts and money orders due to non-sufficient funds or Stop Payments, and also reversed Credit Card Charges, providing for publication, severability and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute a Budget  

Amendment to the Transit Operations Budget by appropriating additional revenues, in the amount of $352,539.00 ($314,956.00 from additional State Oil Overcharge Funds and $37,583.00 from Sales Tax Reserve), and increasing the Transit Operations Expense Budget by $352,539.00 from $8,916,959.00 to $9,269,498.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute said transfers.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute a Budget Amendment to the Transit Operations Budget by appropriating additional revenues, in the amount of $352,539.00 ($314,956.00 from additional State Oil Overcharge Funds and $37,583.00 from Sales Tax Reserve), and increasing the Transit Operations Expense Budget by $352,539.00 from $8,916,959.00 to $9,269,498.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute said transfers.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  Public hearing amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article XVIII,

stopping, standing or parking and Article X.  Impoundment of vehicles of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo:  Specifically Section 19-355, Minimum Fines for Parking Violations, Section 19-360, Parking Meters, Section 19-375, Definitions, Section 19-378, Booting or Towing, and creating Section 19-363, Statement Fees, and Section 19-364, Special Fees and Permits, and providing for publication and effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article XVIII, Stopping, standing or parking and Article X.  Impoundment of vehicles of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo:  Specifically Section 19-355, Minimum Fines for Parking Violations, Section 19-360, Parking Meters, Section 19-375, Definitions, Section 19-378, Booting or Towing, and creating Section 19-363, Statement Fees, and Section 19-364, Special Fees and Permits, and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

8.  A.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.  Status report on acquiring regional Jet service for the Laredo Houston/Houston

     Laredo route, Laredo Dallas/Dallas Laredo route, with possible action.

 

                             Charles Martens, Chairperson for the Airport Advisory Committee, reported that they have posted a meeting for tomorrow to assist the Airport Director and Salvador Rodriguez, Marketing Director, in developing strategies to secure passenger jet service.  He mentioned that last year was the first year that there were no international flights from Mexico City into Laredo.  They were actually able to come up with a hard figure of approximately 90,000 passengers that board at the Laredo International Airport for points north.  They took those numbers and estimated that for every 1 passenger it gets, the city loses two passengers.  He believes that the committee will unanimously pass a motion tomorrow asking for Request for Proposals from commercial airlines to committing to deliver those 90,000 passengers and above at a decent and fair ticket price.

 

                             Cm. Bruni stated that if the City cannot get commitments from Continental Airlines to secure regional jet service to Laredo, then the City should prepare Request for Proposals immediately. 

 

                             Jose Flores, Airport Director, stated that the City is facing difficulties in trying to convince the major airlines to provide this type of service.  He mentioned that Laredo would be very profitable to them if they were to introduce jet service into our market.  He is working with the Airport Advisory Committee trying to structure Request for Proposals that are in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.  They recently met with Continental Airlines and they indicated that they would be replacing their turbo prop equipment in the Houston hub during 2002.  They are also pending a visit to American Airlines to submit a personal request for jet service.  He mentioned that the Valley has provided a subsidy to the airlines and that is one reason they were able to secure regional jet service. He further stated that in Laredo’s case, the community did not want to commit to providing the major airlines an incentive when the issue was presented for approval.

 

2.  Discussion and possible action on posting the status of all City of Laredo projects

     and ongoing projects on the City of Laredo Home Page, with possible action.

 

Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, reported that the current projects have been updated as of today by the Planning and Zoning Department. 

 

3.  Status report on the proposed recommendation by the Transportation Traffic and

  Safety Advisory Committee on placing Thomas St. and Maher St. as our new  

  truck route, with possible action.

 

  Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Department Director, identified what the proposed truck route is and differentiated between off-system and on-system roadways.   He stated that what has provided this opportunity to set up these streets as a new truck route is the construction of Thomas Ave. tied to Gale St. which bisects the new 114-acre industrial park. 

 

                             Motion to accept the recommendations of the Transportation Traffic and Safety Advisory Committee to place Thomas St. and Maher St. as our new truck route.

 

                             Moved:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

                             Second:  Cm.  Galo

                             For:     7                                          Against:  1                                Abstain:  0

                                                                                    Cm. Bruni

 

4.  Status report on the possible pollution of Lake Casa Blanca from present or

     future commercial and residential encroachment, with possible action.

 

     Cm. Bruni stated that this item had been placed on the agenda because of the new residential development to the north of Lake Casa Blanca.  He reported that he placed a call to State Representative Richard Raymond’s office to ask his staff to talk to the TNRCC and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and that they submit a report to the City as to what the components of the water are.  He further stated that since the encroachment is not to a point right now where it would harm the lake, it is important that the City carefully monitor our residential and commercial encroachment upon the lake.  Also, he posed the question whether there are any models available to assess the shape that the dam is in and the possibility of raising the spillway of Lake Casa Blanca.  He mentioned that he would wait for Rep. Raymond’s office to transmit information concerning this issue and requests that staff advise the City Council of any commercial or residential encroachment of the lake.

 

                   B.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.  Status report on the drainage problem at 400 S. Seymour, with possible action.

 

                             Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that his department has submitted a report and they have in the CIP’s a system for approximately $700,000.00.  They could possibly design an abbreviated system which is what they are currently working on, but it would only be a temporary solution to the problem.  He stated that what happened at this site is that it used to be a natural drainage way that was closed off by the fill that was placed in that particular area.  He mentioned that a down drain had been installed in that area to prevent erosion and this had allowed for the drainage to drain down to 400 S. Seymour and into the creek.  He added that they can construct the abbreviated system, however, they would need for the City to identify a funding source. 

 

                             Motion to direct staff to proceed to survey the area in question and have the easement identified in order to move forward with the project. 

 

                             Motion to have city staff contact Mr. Jose A. Castillo on behalf of Iglesia Metodista Libre Church to provide the City with a public easement as well as to find the additional funds to complete the project. 

 

                             Moved:  Cm. Galo

                             Second:  Cm. Bruni

                             For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.  Status report on the finding of additional locations for youth boxing facilities,

     with possible action.

 

                             John Vidaurri, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that he had been asked several months ago to look at potential sites to expand the boxing program.  At that time, he met with a group from the Veterans Coalition and some Council Members and discussed possibilities of looking into tax foreclosure properties as potential sites for boxing facilities.  Unfortunately, none of those properties were suitable for boxing activities.  He mentioned that he did offer the use of the Cigarroa Recreation Center to the boxing group because it is equipped with a weight room and provides ample space for boxing.  He stated that the Canizales Gym is currently being leased to the Laredo Boxing Club through April, 2002.

 

                             Cm. Galo requested that the Parks and Recreation department staff continue looking into potential sites for this activity. 

 

                             Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. recommended considering expansion of one of the city’s recreational centers.

 

                             John Vidaurri commented that there is some space at a couple of the recreational centers that may serve as expansion possibilities.

 

3.  Report on the tax relief available for residents in the vicinity of South Meadow,

who are affected by the construction at the Chacon Creek Bridge, with possible action.

 

                             Mr. Felix De Leon, owner of El Paisano Drive-Thru, stated the closure of the street has affected his business to the point where he has had to close down the business.  He is incurring expenses because he has had to keep the coolers running being that he has some perishable goods stored there. 

 

                             Phyllis Colon, Tax Assessor-Collector, reported that the one recourse that he has is to examine the loss on the appraised value of the commercial property.  She stated that a commercial piece of property would sell for whatever dollar amount the market would bring and this is based on what the income is.  In this particular situation, what they foresee is about one year of possible damage to the property owner’s income stream.  Therefore, they can fill out a form with the Appraisal District rendering the property asking for Temporary Economic Depreciation.  She mentioned that this was done on Mines Road and on Saunders Ave. during similar road improvement situations.

 

       C.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Joe A. Guerra

 

1.  Request by Danny La Duque and members of The BEST Organization to discuss

concerns and issues about the El Lift Vans and issues at the Laredo Public Library, with possible action.

 

                             Danny La Duque thanked the City of Laredo for complying with TDLR standards but noted that his organization has been asking the Public Library to include a van accessible parking space and it has not been done.  He mentioned that in April, 2000, the local chapter hosted the Governor’s Committee for People With Disabilities quarterly board meeting.  The Executive Director of the Governor’s Committee is blind, uses a wheelchair, and uses a van.  Another one of the board members uses an electric wheel chair and a van.  These two individuals did not have access to a parking space to unload their wheelchairs.  The Governor’s Committee asked him in December, 2000, if the City of Laredo was going to get the Public Library in compliance with TDLR standards. 

 

                             John W. Arndt spoke regarding the operations of the El Lift service provided by the city to the disabled individuals.  He requested that the City of Laredo help make the transportation costs to the passengers economically feasible and that all transportation requests from disabled individuals be fulfilled. 

 

                             Larry Dovalina, City Manager, mentioned that the City of Laredo has complied with the TDLR requirements as detailed in the press release regarding the issues at the Public Library.  He mentioned that all of the city’s architectural plans are submitted to the Texas Department of Licensing Review and they submit a response indicating that the proposed project is approved.   He stated that the city did go through an inspection two years after the fact and not within 30 days of the library’s opening as there is no set time frame for TDLR to conduct its inspections.  He mentioned that each and every time that an inspection is done, the city complies with the TDLR requests.   He stated that with all ongoing construction throughout the city, he is able to provide documentation to show that every time that any concerns are raised, they have documented the city’s compliance with those issues.

 

                             Peter Behrman, General Manager of El Metro, stated that he met with Mr. Arndt approximately three to four months ago.  His concern back then was to find a solution to the El Lift limited transportation services.  He responded to Mr. Arndt by letter with the two objectives that El Metro was trying to meet to make El Lift more efficient.  One of those areas was the improved booking and grouping of trips and the other area is the certification of people to use El Lift.  He mentioned that there are some individuals that are using the El Lift service when they could be using the regular bus service.   He stated that they are planning to create a paratransit advisory committee as well as provide training to some of the staff members to review requests and in that way tighten up the certification so that only those individuals that really need the service are eligible to use it. 

 

                    D.              Request by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding traffic concerns around Farias, Santa

     Maria, Finley and Kazen Elementary Schools.

 

                             Cm. Valdez, Jr. stated that he wanted to determine what the time schedule is for these improvements. 

 

                             Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, stated that in regards to the elementary schools on Santa Maria, Farias, and also the Boys and Girls Club, some of the staff members met regarding the safety concerns within the area.  He is proposing to get an inventory of the area in question to identify the safety concerns.  He noticed that one area of concern regarding the children that use those facilities is that there are some tractors parking on both sides of the street.  This is a safety concern for them because it blocks the view of the children as they attempt to cross the street.  They are proposing to install two crossroads with the proper traffic signs and two flashing beacons to make motorists aware of the pedestrian traffic. 

 

                             Cm. Valdez, Jr. inquired whether his department could designate a “no parking” zone being that there is an elementary school, the recreational center, and the Boys and Girls Club all in close proximity that creates a crossing problem.

 

                             Mr. Murillo reported that his department is proposing to set up “no parking zone” signs all along the west side of Santa Maria Avenue.  They are proposing to designate a no parking zone adjacent to the cross walks on the east side of the street as well.  He stated that in addition to these remedies, his department is proposing to relocate a flashing beacon within the school zone on the southbound direction to alert motorists of the children’s crossing.

 

                             Cm. Valdez, Jr. inquired as to the amount of time it would require to install the flashing beacons.

 

                             Roberto Murillo stated that they would proceed with the installation of the crosswalk signs this week and they have placed the order for the flashing beacons which will be installed as soon as they arrive.   He reported that in connection with these school campuses, Laredo Independent School District would be reconstructing both Santa Maria and Farias Elementary.  He has been working closely with Laredo Independent School District in the selection of its traffic consulting firms that were selected to work on those two schools.  He stated he is looking forward to an opportunity to review the district’s plans regarding many of these concerns.

 

                             Cm. Valdez, Jr. mentioned that over in Kazen Elementary, the administration had requested a “no parking” designation on the side of the school.

 

                             Roberto Murillo stated that his department would go ahead and address that concern as well. 

 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding park improvements in District 7,

     specifically, at Father McNaboe Park.

 

                             John Vidaurri, Parks and Recreation Department Director, reported that the first item being considered was for some concrete steps to be placed between the football and basketball fields at the park.   He stated that he received an estimate of $5,500.00 for the stair work.  He mentioned that they received very favorable estimates for the cost of the Little League lighting at Cruz Field. 

 

                             The cost estimates for the flag football fields with bleachers are approximately $13,400.00 and part of the reason for the low estimate is because Parks and Recreation is doing some work in that particular area.

                            

                             The cost estimates provided by United Independent School District for the proposed construction of the irrigation lines amounted to $15,000.00 with a tank and pump included.  He mentioned that the tank and pump are not necessary and he is estimating that the irrigation work could be done for $10,000.00 or $11,000.00. 

 

                             Cm. Valdez, Jr. inquired as to the status of the flooring for the playscape. 

 

                             John Vidaurri stated that the Purchasing Department will be accepting bids through February 27, 2001 and the bid award will be made March 5, 2001. 

 

       E.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the status of installing parking meters on the

600 block of Farragut, 600 block of Hidalgo, and the 600-700 block of San Eduardo.

 

                             Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that in 1997 the department had reorganized the boundaries for the parking meters.  The reason that those meters were removed was because they were constantly being vandalized and they were not generating any revenue.  He stated that the boundaries as defined under the ordinance would need to be amended in order to include these areas for installation of new parking meters. 

 

2.  Status report on the traffic study for the downtown area around San Agustin

     Plaza and the Center for the Arts.

 

                             Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, stated that his department is in receipt of a draft report for staff to review.  He mentioned that he has submitted the comments regarding this study and he should be receiving a second draft this week which will possibly be distributed to San Agustin Church and La Posada Hotel for their review.  He will be providing a finalized report regarding the outcome of said traffic study within the next week to City Council.

 

3.  Discussion with possible action establishing a committee to deal with taxi

     operators and shuttle van operators.

                             Cm. Ramirez stated that some of the taxicab operators feel that they are being left without representation on the Transportation Committee.  He wants to consider appointing some of these members on the Transportation Committee. 

 

                             Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the representatives of taxicab operators have an existing sub-committee of the Transportation and Traffic Safety Committee.  He stated that there are three taxicab drivers that currently seat in that committee along with two staff members.   

 

                             Mr. Murillo read to City Council the current representatives that comprise said committee which he chairs.

 

                             Mayor Flores requested that he provide a list to Cm. Ramirez of the membership along with a copy of the committee agenda for Friday’s scheduled meeting. 

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

  9.  An ordinance setting the maximum speed limits on that portion of Del Mar Boulevard

  between McPherson Road and Winfield Parkway, within the City limits of Laredo,  

  Webb County, Texas, as 30 miles per hour and 40 miles per hour, as defined in the 

  Control Section Map provided by the City of Laredo, Traffic Safety Department.

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

10.  An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the 2000 block of

Poggenpohl between Vidaurri and Santa Isabel Avenues situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  An ordinance amending Ordinance No. 98-O-189, (closure of that section of Zaragoza

St. between Flores and Convent Aves. to vehicular traffic), to allow entrance and exit by delivery, refuse collector, and grease disposal vehicles which provide services to merchants abutting said former street, provided however, that they appropriately use the space designated by the architectural design of the pedestrian walkway and comply with the provision of all City ordinances which affect the San Agustin Historic District; and providing for an effective date.

 

David Newman spoke in favor of this ordinance.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Internet Availability:  //www.ci.laredo.tx.us

 

Motion to waive the final reading of ordinance 2001-O-040, 2001-O-041, 2001-O-042, 2001-O-043, 2001-O-044, 2001-O-045, 2001-O-046.

 

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

12.  2001-O-040  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 33,

Environmental Protection, Article 1, by repealing Section 33-1 and approving and adopting Section 33-1 as written hereunder including the establishment of the Citizen's Environmental Advisory Committee, its membership, terms of office, methods of appointment, authority, duties, and other terms and conditions and providing for publication and effective date.   (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-040.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       2001-O-041  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a child day care center on Lot 200, Block 10, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, Section I, Area "A", located at 618 Idylwood Ln.; providing for publication and effective date. (As Amended) (Mayor Pro-Tempore Joe A. Guerra)

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, reported that he had been instructed at the last council meeting to research the matter of deed restrictions for the Del Mar “A” area.  He stated that he has had the opportunity to obtain a copy from the Webb County Clerk and, in his opinion, the restrictions are very clear in that those lots may not be used for any other purpose other than residential.  City Council cannot override those deed restrictions to approve a CUP in that area.   He stated that the applicants might attempt to obtain a change to the deed covenants which involves obtaining consent from a majority of the residents in the area to approve the zone change.   

 

Motion to hold this item in abeyance. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      2001-O-042  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with

FedJones, L.L.C., for Tract 8 of the Subdivision Plat of the Laredo Passenger Terminal Subdivision containing approximately 2.82 acres at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for forty (40) years commencing on March 1, 2001 and ending on February 28, 2041.  Monthly rent shall be $1,740.25 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index not to exceed 2.5% per year and further adjusted at every 10th anniversary by an appraisal to determine Market Value; providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-042.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      2001-O-043  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Laredo

    Webb County American Red Cross for approximately 491 square feet

    constituting Suite No. 2 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton

    Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year

    commencing on February 1, 2001 and ending on January 31, 2002, and

    may be extended for one (1) year ending on January 31, 2003.  However,

    it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party

    on not less than thirty (30) days' written notice from the party terminating

    to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $315.00 and will be adjusted annually

    during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes

    in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.  (City

    Council)

                               

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-043.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      2001-O-044  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Region

    One Education Service Center for Tract 2, Block 9 of the Subdivision Plat

    of Laredo Airport containing approximately 10,562 square feet

    constituting Building No. 979 located at 4717 Daugherty Avenue at the

    Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing

    on December 1, 2000 and ending on November 30, 2001.  However, it is

    agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party on

    not less than thirty (30) days' written notice from the party terminating to

    the other.  Monthly rent shall be $4,525.00; providing for an effective

    date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-044.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2001-O-045  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with

Region One Education Service Center for approximately 4,234 square feet constituting Building No. 1054 located at 4812 North Bartlett Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on February 1, 2001 and ending on January 31, 2002, and may be extended for one (1) year ending on January 31, 2003. However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party on not less than thirty (30) days' written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $3,960.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-045.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-046  An ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter

    28, Article III, Division 2, entitled Rental Rates for Facility, Personnel and

    Equipment; specifically §28-86, definitions by clarifying, adding and

    deleting terms; also §28-87, Rates and Fees, by increasing rental rates for

    Civic Center Facilities and equipment, and establishing rates for the

    Auditorium Lobby, grounds, rehearsal and move-in/move-out activities,

    and merchandise sales; providing for severability and effective date. (City

    Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-046.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

13.  2001-R-014  A resolution resolving that the City Manager be authorized to execute a

Estoppel, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and FedJones Laredo, L.L.C., as Lessee, and Commerce Bank N.A., as Lender, and Federal Express Corporation, as Sublessee, thereby encumbering the lease agreement approved by Ordinance No. 2001-O-042 dated February 20, 2001 for an approximate 2.82 acre tract being Tract No. 8 of the Subdivision Plat of the Laredo Passenger Terminal Subdivision.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-014.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

14.  2001-R-017  A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the "Surface Only"

of one parcel of land for the widening of Springfield Avenue.  Said parcel being legally described as the East 25.44 feet of Lot 5, Block 194, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-017.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

15.  2001-R-018  A resolution accepting the donation of the "Surface Only" of a 0.2580 of

an acre, more or less, tract of land, from the United Independent School District, for the extension of Avenida Los Presidentes.  Said tract of land being situated in Porcion 33, Jose Dionicio Trevino, Original Grantee, Abstract 3084, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A". 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-018.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

16.  2001-R-019  A resolution approving and adopting the City of Laredo Parks and

    Recreation Recovery Action Program 2001.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-019.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

17.  2001-R-020  A resolution accepting the assignment of 2.3404 acre feet of municipal

water rights from the balance of 29.9297 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Richard E. Haynes in payment of water availability charges and 3.88389 acre feet of municipal water rights in payment of annexation charges in connection with the final plat of James Haynes Industrial Park, Unit III and 2.3715 acre feet of municipal water rights in payments of water availability charges in connection with the final plat of James Haynes Industrial Park, Unit I.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-020.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

18.  2001-R-021  A resolution authorizing the removal of the traffic signal located at the

intersection of Garden Street and Salinas Avenue due to the lack in conditions that warrant a traffic signal device.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-021.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

19.  2001-R-022  A resolution accepting the assignment of 49.9445 acre feet of municipal

water rights from the balance of 505.578 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd. by applying 6.9 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges and 12.6 acre feet for annexation charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Community Phase I; .865 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges and .2 acre feet for annexation charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Community Phase II; 16.2 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges and 10.8 acre feet for annexation charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Community Phase III; 1.2795 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges and .4 acre feet for annexation charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Community Phase XI; and .5 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges and .2 acre feet for annexation charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Community Phase XII.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-022.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

20.  2001-R-023  A resolution authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the City of

Laredo - Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO), Series 97-B, in the amount of $12,000.00, to repair the pump and for the purchase of two Akron valves needed to re-certify a 1997 Pierce Saber Fire Pumper for fire suppression duty.  This truck is being repaired after being involved in a vehicle collision in April 2000. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-023.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

21.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-049, to the LOW BIDDER, Davis Truck

and Equipment Co., Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $128,820.00, for the purchase of three, refuse collection packer units.  These refuse packer bodies will be mounted on these cab and chassis units recently ordered for the Sanitation Division.   Delivery is expected within 45 days after receipt of the cab and chassis units.  Funds for the purchase of these units are available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  Consideration to award contract number FT01-056, to the LOW BIDDER, A-1 Scale

Service, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $51,112.00, for the purchase of a new truck scale and the rehabilitation of the existing truck scale at the City landfill.  Funding for this project has been allocated in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY99-124, awarded to UTW

Tire Collection Services, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $28,000.00, for the removal and disposal of tires at the City landfill.  The term of this contract will be for one year with an option to renew for three, additional twelve-month periods.  Staff estimates that approximately 260 tons of tires will be removed, however, this contract is based on actual tons of tires removed and disposed from the landfill.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of six barrier gates and controllers from the

SOLE PROVIDER, Magnetic Automation Corp., Rockledge, Fl., in the amount of $24,400.00.  These barrier gates will be installed at the Colombia Bridge toll lanes and will be integrated into the City's automated electronic toll system.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                

25.  Consideration to authorize a repair contract to the SOLE SOURCE PROVIDER, Allen-

Stuart Equipment Co. Inc., Houston, Texas, in the amount of $19,760.00, for repairs needed to the wastewater treatment compressor.  This unit provides oxygen for the treatment process and is one of three used at the Zacate Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department - Wastewater Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration to approve the bid specifications and authorizing the City Manager to

solicit bids to purchase an Index C Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle for the Laredo International Airport.  Funding is available in the Land Sale Proceeds in Account No. 433-3687-565-9004.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to refund property tax to the following taxpayers and companies:

 

a.  A refund in the amount of $653.55 for Guadalupe Moreno, Jr. due to a Webb

County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board.

 

b.  A refund in the amount of $638.25 payable to the International Bank of

Commerce due to a split property as per Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board.

 

c.  A refund in the amount of $601.37 payable to Jose M. Soto due to a double

     payment.  The mortgage company is responsible for the tax payment.

 

d.  A refund in the amount of $1,250.73 payable to Ricardo and Diana V. Martinez

due to a double payment.  The mortgage company is responsible for the tax payment.

 

e.  A refund in the amount of $680.91 payable to Enrique Becerra due to a double

    payment.  The Laredo National Bank is responsible for the tax payment.

 

f.  A refund in the amount of $1,725.51 payable to Eden Park due to a change of

     value certified by the Appraisal Review Board.

 

g.  A refund in the amount of $568.29 for Belinda Lou Gonzalez due to double

     payment made by the taxpayer and the mortgage company.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez,  Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

28.  Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be

adjusted for the month of January, 2001, which represents a decrease in levy, is $53,001.43.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to adopt the revised City of Laredo Protocol Handbook Second Edition

and the revised Priority Procedures Handbook for the Mayor and City Council Second Edition and to include allowing other technical and clarifying corrections to the handbook, as defined by the author and consistent with the intent of the Council.

 

Motion to approve with changes as per Dr.  Zaffirini.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration for approval of consultant and approval to award an engineering contract

to Sherfey Engineering Company, L.L.C., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $124,800.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Extension of Jacaman Road from Bob Bullock Loop west to the Airport property line and Sinatra Parkway from the current terminus of Sinatra north to the intersection of Jacaman Road in conjunction with the Laredo Entertainment Center Project.  Funding is available in the Purchase Professional Services.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to approve award of an engineering contract to Naismith Engineering,

Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $25,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Feasibility Study to construct a bridge in the vicinity of Zacate Creek by San Francisco Avenue and Canal Street.  Funding is available in the Community Development 26th Action Year Canal Street (San Francisco Study).

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to approve award of an engineering contract to Flores Engineering

Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $62,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specification for the Shiloh Drive Widening (IH 35 to McPherson Road).  Funding is available in the 2000 C.O. Issue Shiloh Widening.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 3 to the construction contract with

Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, for the Railroad Overpass with Retaining Walls and Approach Road to Unitec Industrial Center Phase 7, EDA Project No. 08-01-03264 to add 164 calendar days to the construction contract time for delays beyond the contractor's control.  Funding is available in the EDA - Unitec Overpass Fund Improvement Other Than Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration for approval for final Change Order No. 3 of $15,448.50 for the balance

of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Cherry Hill Drive Widening (Pappas to Sandman) and approval of final payment in the amount of $62,517.75 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas.  Final contract amount is $436,533.00.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue Cherry Hill Reconstruction.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration to award a construction contract to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo,

Texas, in the base bid amount of $235,875.00 for the City-Wide Sidewalks Project No. l2a (33 Blocks) and Project No. l7a (4 Blocks) for a total of 37 Blocks.  Funding is available in the Community Development 25th Action Year, 26th Action Year, l998 CO Issue, CD Projects/Sidewalk and School Drop Offs.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

36.  Consideration to award a construction contract to Atlas Commercial Services, Laredo,

Texas, in the base bid amount of $28l,639.60 for the City-Wide Sidewalks Project No. l2b (33 Blocks).  Funding is available in the Community Development 26th Action Year CD Projects/Sidewalks.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Consideration to award a construction contract to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo,

Texas, in the net base bid amount of $275,540.00 for the City-Wide Sidewalks Project No. l3 (l6 Blocks), Project No. l6 (l2 Blocks) and Project No. l7b (8 Blocks) for a total of 36 Blocks.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund Sidewalks and Century City Sidewalks.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.  Consideration to award a construction contract to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo,

Texas, in the base bid amount of $230,046.75 for the City-Wide Sidewalks Project No. l4 (37 Blocks).  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund/Sidewalks.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.  Consideration for approval of construction plans for the Fire Fighting Training Facility

and authorizing staff to proceed and solicit bids.  Funding is available in the Fire Training Facility Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

40.  Consideration for approval of New Main Library sign and authorization to place the

project for bids.  Funding is available in the New Public Library Improvements Other Than Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with PRO-OPS, Inc.,

of Dallas, Texas, for $95,000.00, for services related to the design and implementation of impact fees for the Utilities Department, including preparation of line extension ordinances and policies and development of tools to implement, monitor, and administer the impact fee process.  Funding is available in the Water and Sewer Reserves.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Consideration to fund an additional year of the contract with the Southwest Texas Rain

Enhancement Association, for $103,934.00 to cover the cost of the 2001 program.  The program, which will run through December 2001, provides coverage of the entire surface of Webb County.  The City will guarantee the full payment of the program and will collect donations and other commitments from the County government and residents to defray the cost.  Funds for this project come from Water Availability Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

43.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Competitive Government

Strategies for $l50,000.00 for the evaluation of proposals to privatize the Utilities Department, assistance in selection of a firm, final negotiation, and transition assistance. The contract is composed of a series of single phases to lend flexibility to the process.  Funding will be done by a combination of consideration fees ($20,000.00 collected from proposers) and water and sewer reserves.

 

Motion to approve the $20,000.00 for the initial phase of the contract with Competitive Government Strategies. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

 

44.  Status on the construction of the Skate Park.

 

                    John Vidaurri, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that there has been significant progress since the last report of February 16, 2001.  He stated that construction completion has moved from 75% to 90% and anticipates that the skate park will be completed this week.  He mentioned that the department would be doing some bleacher installation and shade over the bleachers prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony.

                       

45.  Adopting the City of Laredo's Legislative Plan for the 77th State Legislative Session.

 

                    Rene Gonzalez, legislative liaison, provided highlights of the proposals he submitted on behalf of the City of Laredo to the 77th State Legislative Session.  

 

                    Legislation

 

                    Inspection Stations                                                Vehicle Registration Fee

                    Matching Funds                                                    Tort Reform

                    Project Overruns                                                   Competitive Bids

                    Off System Roads                                     9-1-1 Service

                    Border & Corridors Program                                Texas Deposit Program

Performance Bonds                                               Sales & Use Tax

Overweight Permits                                               Tax Audits

Railroads                                                              Rain Enhancement Program

Traffic Signal Enforcement System             Tire Program

Port Authority                                                       Solid Waste Fee

 

                    Endorsements

 

                    Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition

                    Smart Jobs Program

                    Texas A & M International University

                    UTSA-Health Science Campus Extension

                    Skilled Workforce

                    Education System

                    Legislative Policy

                   

                    Larry Dovalina, City Manager, commented that this is the first time that the City of Laredo has submitted a comprehensive package to the state legislature.  He mentioned that there was a great deal of work done by city staff to assist Rene Gonzalez in putting this package together.

           

                    Motion to adopt the State Legislative Agenda for the 77th Legislative Session.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Galo

                    Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

                    For:     8                                       Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, when it deems it necessary to consult privately with its attorney about any item upon this agenda, pursuant to the provisions of Section 551.071(2) of the Texas Government Code.

 

46.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in

regards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property for use as City recreational facilities because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiation with a third person; and return to Open Session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in regards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property for use as City recreational facilities because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiation with a third person; and return to Open Session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  After Executive Session, Mayor Flores announced that no formal action was taken.

 

XV.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

            Motion to recess as City Council and convene as the Laredo Transit Board.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

47.  Consideration to approve proposed bus shelter and bench criteria for the City of

       Laredo.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

       For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

48.  Consideration to approve proposed bus shelter site locations throughout the City of

       Laredo.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

49.  Consideration to award a contract to the Lamar Company, L.L.C. d/b/a Lamar

Advertising of Laredo to install and maintain 50 bus shelters with advertising and maintain 50 additional bus shelters installed by El Metro without advertising in the City of Laredo.  In addition to furnishing and maintaining shelters as payment, this contract will provide a minimum of $5,000.00 per year to the Transit Fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

       Second:  Cm.  Amaya

       For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                        Cm.  Ramirez

 

50.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with QSR

Burgers, One, LLP to construct and operate a Burger King restaurant in the Laredo Transit Center.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

       Second:  Cm.  Agredano

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

51.  Consideration to award contract No. FY00-052 to the LOWEST BIDDER, Transtate

Security System of Laredo, for the sum of $19,051.00 for Camera Equipment and Installation at the Transit Center, at 1301 Farragut St. and at the Operations/Maintenance facility at 401 Scott St.  Funding is available from line item 518-5196-565-9001, Machinery & Equipment, FTA Grant TX 90-456 8/20.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

       Second:  Cm.  Bruni

       For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

52.  2001-RT-001  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute

Amendment No. 1 for Grant Agreement No. 51122F1013 between the Texas Department of Transportation (State Oil Overcharge Fund) and the City of Laredo.  This amendment will increase the original contract amount from  $275,584.00 by $314,956.00 to a revised total of $590,540.00 for FY 2001; and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-RT-001.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Motion to adjourn as Laredo Transit Board and reconvene as the City Council.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

XVI.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  9:50 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 through 29 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on February 20, 2001.

 

 

                                                                                    _____________________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary